How Long Do All-Ceramic Crowns Last?


girl smiling] Your teeth are incredibly strong and can stand up to a significant amount of daily wear and tear. However, they are not indestructible. Your teeth perform many important tasks every single day. When your teeth are damaged, their ability to perform these tasks is greatly compromised, as is your oral health. Some damage can even impact the quality of your smile. Restoring damaged teeth is essential. At Raptou Family Dental, we can treat damaged teeth with all-ceramic crowns.

What is a Crown?


A crown is a restoration designed to treat damaged teeth or decayed teeth that cannot be treated with a filling. It resembles a cap in appearance and is made to cover the entire visible surface of the affected tooth, encasing it. It functions to hold a damaged tooth together, preventing further harm, preventing infections, and restoring its strength so that it can function normally.

All-Ceramic Crowns


Crowns can be made from many different materials, including metal, porcelain fused to metal, and all-ceramic. All ceramic crowns are one of the most popular choices. One of the biggest reasons for this is because they provide the greatest aesthetic results. Ceramic can be stained to perfectly match the color of your natural teeth. It also reflects light in a similar manner to natural tooth enamel. Because of their natural appearance, all-ceramic crowns are perfect for treating damaged teeth near the front of your mouth. On average, all-ceramic crowns last about 15 years. With proper care, though, it is not uncommon to see them last up to 25 years or more.

What Can a Crown Treat?


Crowns can be used to treat some different issues.
•  You have a damaged tooth. An all-ceramic crown can treat more significant damage that cannot be treated with cosmetic treatments such as bonding or veneers.
•  You have a larger amount of tooth decay. Decayed teeth can often be treated with a filling. However, larger fillings may be compromised if a filling is placed. A crown functions to provide greater protection.
•  You have received a root canal. A crown can help to protect a tooth treated with a root canal, strengthening the tooth and preventing a new infection.

Factors That Affect the Life of Your All-Ceramic Crown


While well-maintained all-ceramic crowns can last 25 years or more, there are many factors that can affect this lifespan. These factors include:
•  Your oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing are essential for preventing issues like cavities and gum disease. While your all-ceramic will not decay, they can still collect plaque and bacteria that can harm your other teeth and your gums.
•  Oral habits. Your all-ceramic crowns are fairly strong and can withstand the daily wear and tear at the front of the mouth. However, if you bite your fingernails, chew ice, or use your teeth to open packaging, your crowns can chip or break.
•  Bruxism. Grinding and clenching your teeth, a condition called bruxism puts excessive pressure on your teeth. This not only wears down and damages your natural teeth, but it can also wear down and damage your ceramic crowns. If you have bruxism, you can help to protect your crowns, and your teeth, with a custom fit night guard.

All-ceramic crowns are a highly effective treatment for restoring damaged or decayed teeth, improving your oral health and the quality of your smile. With proper care, your all-ceramic crowns can last for many years. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Raptou Family Dental today at (614) 427-0449.

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